2 oz Cognac
3⁄4 oz Lemon juice
1 twst Orange peel
1 Sugar (to prepare the glass)

Shake, strain, serve up in sugar rimmed glass. Garnish with orange peel.


A few drops of lemon or orange bitters on top is a nice touch.


Original ratio was 1:1:1, as quoted by Robert Vermeire. This is the French School. Savoy has this as 2:1:1.

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Posted by Dan on 7/11/2010
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  • Cognac burn, tart, and sweet. Wonderful, balanced drink. I was just about at 2:1:1, next time try it.
  • I like 2 cognac, 3/4 cointreau (+ 1/4 St.. Germaine) and 1/2 lemon. A bit sweet but feels more balanced to me. Still trying everyone else's variations.
  • This is really good. I'll be enjoying it again for sure. Used Ansac VS cognac — ★★★★★
  • Demerara sugar
  • I prefer the ratios found on Esquire.com. The lemon is very present but does not overwhelm: 1 oz VS cognac 1 oz. triple sec 1/2 oz. lemon juice 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • Joaquin Simo’s version: 2 oz, Pierre Fernand, .75 PF Dry Curaçao, .75 lemon juice, barspoon 2:1 rich Demerara syrup...
  • use 1840, meyer lemon juice, and cointreau 2, 1, 1 ratio. if I don't have meyer lemon up the cointreau slightly
  • Very good with 2 oz PF 1840, and either (a) 3/4 oz PF dry curaçao and 1 tsp 2:1 simple, or (b) 1/2 oz PF dry curaçao and 1/4 oz 2:1 simple.
  • Arnold replaces 1/4 oz of Cointreau with simple syrup (2, 3/4, 3/4, 1/4)
  • I add 1/4 oz simple syrup. My ratio 2/.75/.75
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Dan commented on 11/12/2010:

Originally posted by bschneier. Of several variations, this one has been adopted as the reference side car and is included in the Goodies > Quickstart Cocktails > Classic Cocktails.

Also there's Joaquin Simo's version :

2.0 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac

.75 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

.75 oz lemon juice

1 barspoon 2:1 Demerara sugar syrup (how much is a "barspoon" anyway?)



I made Difford's super-easy "Grand Sidecar" a couple weeks ago and was instantly a big fan! Replaces the cognac and Cointreau with just GrandMa since it's already a blend of cognac and orange liqueur.


2 oz Grand Marnier

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

That's it! Shake, strain, up, orange peel garnish, enjoy! Try one, it's so good! 

Oh, and death to sugar-rimmed glasses!

As written, this drink is really dry - 3 oz of 80+ proof spirit and some lemon juice. You need the sugar rim to hope to have any sense of balance. Thanks,  Zachary